May 29th, 2005

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Monday Poetry Reading: 木蘭辭

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木蘭辭 The Ballad of Mulan

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唧唧復唧唧,木蘭當戶織,
不聞機杼聲,惟聞女歎息。
問女何所思,問女何所憶。
女亦無所思,女亦無所憶。
昨夜見軍帖,可汗大點兵;
軍書十二卷,卷卷有爺名。
阿爺無大兒,木蘭無長兄,
願為市鞍馬,從此替爺征。
東市買駿馬,西市買鞍韉,
南市買轡頭,北市買長鞭。
旦辭爺孃去,暮宿黃河邊,
不聞爺孃喚女聲,但聞黃河流水聲濺濺。
旦辭黃河去,暮宿黑山頭,
不聞爺孃喚女聲,但聞燕山胡騎聲啾啾。
萬里赴戎機,關山度若飛,
朔氣傳金柝,寒光照鐵衣。
將軍百戰死,壯士十年歸。
歸來見天子,天子坐明堂,
策勳十二轉,賞賜百千強。
可汗問所欲,木蘭不用尚書郎,
願借明駝千里足,送兒還故鄉。
爺孃聞女來,出郭相扶將;
阿姊聞妹來,當戶理紅妝;
小弟聞姊來,磨刀霍霍向豬羊。
開我東閣門,坐我西閣床;
脫我戰時袍,著我舊時裳;
當窗理雲鬢,對鏡貼花黃。
出門看伙伴,伙伴皆驚惶:
同行十二年,不知木蘭是女郎。
雄兔腳撲朔,雌兔眼迷離,
兩兔傍地走,安能辨我是雄雌?

Transcribed by: [info]bride

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I'm participating in the Monday Poetry Reading. It's not Monday yet, but I don't know if I'll have time to do this tomorrow.

I picked this poem because... well, I love the poem, for one. I always have. But, I also wanted to see if I could still remember all of it, by heart. And I did. =) It was like a reflex. Once I got going, I just rambled it all into the phone.

The Ballad of Mulan is a required study, recital and dictation piece in any Chinese Literature curriculum in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong for about third or fourth grade and most reputable Chinese schools overseas. It's very long and just barely do-able for a third/fourth grader. It's also a pretty tough read, as classical literature is apt to be. In Cantonese, it also has odd pronunciation exceptions.

It's not only a beautiful poem that captures so well the concepts of family, honour, excellence, humility, feminine charm and intrigue, but it represents something of a rite of passage to me. I was in my mid-teens when I got to it... later than most, but I think I appreciate it more than my friends who learned it at a younger age.

The phone post is in Cantonese because that's the way I learned it and that's the way it sounds most natural to me. =) Any takers for a Mandarin recital? Don't make me pick someone! =D

And I am purposely not acknowledging Disney. We're not talking about that.